Zotac GTX980 Ti Arctic Storm Review

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Zotac GTX980Ti Arctic Storm Review

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Sometimes a product arrives in our offices and we can be a little blasé about it. It's a graphics card. We know what to expect. Perhaps it will be a two fan cooler. Maybe three. It'll probably be black. The Arctic Storm definitely makes you stop and think though. The moment you see it you appreciate it's not really like anything else.

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No your eyes do not deceive you, that is a triple fan cooler and watercooling barbs on the one card. That's impressive. Whether you like the backplate or not is another matter. Opinion is definitely divided. It's a bit shouty, but then when you've laid down this kind of wedge on a graphics card you might not want to hide its light under a bushel.

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The implementation of the waterblock is what really makes the Arctic Storm stand out. A superb bit of engineering it forms part of the air cooler and yet has enough copper to be a genuine water block too. It's ingenious. We have seen AIO offerings, and we've seen monstrous air cooling. We've even seen hybrid models like this before, albeit extremely rarely. We've never seen a design that so completely is both things at the same time though. If you've ever fancied going under water with your graphics card yet feared for the warranty, this should pique your interest.

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No, this isn't a free pencil. Such is the weight of the Arctic Storm that Zotac have included a bracket and brace to alleviate the pressure applied to your PCI Express slot and motherboard. Whether that's too much of an aesthetic price to pay is a debate that will rage.

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Most Recent Comments

29-06-2015, 09:31:34

Just watched the rushkit vid, Sent it with a night stick, Hahahahaha had me in tucks Quote

29-06-2015, 11:01:12

Beastly slick looking card and the support pylon (nice addition Zotac) just what does this monster weigh? You can see you start to fold under the immense load. Quote

29-06-2015, 15:14:10

On the GTA V page, the scores are switched for the 2 versions (OC and non-OC).

One question : when on water - does the fans still spin?Quote

29-06-2015, 17:31:44

"Such is the universal belief in singularity of purpose that every single language and culture on earth has an idiom that means "the Jack of all trades and the master of none"." - I just love this sentence .

I'm quite surprised with the results on air, I expected it to fare worse as it wouldn't have the vapour chamber of the reference cooler, but then again it does have 3 stonking fans on it.

The weight, backplate and cost are the negatives to me, mainly the cost. As mentioned in the review you can get a middle of the road card and put a shiny waterblock on it and still save some coin, but I suppose this master of all isn't aimed at the likes of me.

Out of curiosity I wonder what thread size the barbs are, so you could change them for push-fits if you wanted.Quote

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